NMT Team Wins Collegiate Design Competition

NMT Team Wins Collegiate Design Competition


 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  A New Mexico Tech team competing in the annual MEMS University Alliance Design Competition won first place in Albuquerque.

This is an annual competition in the field of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and all the universities are eligible to compete. The competition has two main categories: Commercialization and Education.

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The MEMS competition winners are (from left) Bowen Shang, Yuqi Ma and Phillip Clift, with their advisor Dr. Arash Mousavi.


This year, a team of NMT students competed in the Commercialization category and achieved first place. The team consisted of Yuqi Ma and Bowen Shang, both undergraduate students in the Mechanical Engineering department, and Phillip Clift, a graduate student in the Materials Engineering Department.

Dr. Arash Mousavi was the advisor for the team, helping them through the whole process. Attending the competition was not part of their coursework and those interested students volunteered to attend the event.

“Although this was the first time most of the team members were exposed to MEMS, they accomplished admirable results with their hard work,” Dr. Mousavi said. “I am proud of my students because of their hard work. Only one had taken a course with me in MEMS. The other two had never been exposed to it before. Weekly meetings, me going over the most important topics, and my team’s motivation, as well as long hours of self-study paid off.”

Clift said the team designed a biological radio-frequency pressure sensor for cells. The practical application is to determine if a human cell is healthy or diseased, as well as characterize cells in the body. For use in humans, the sensor would be on the order of tens of microns. The NMT team proposed sensors with the critical dimension of a few hundreds of microns.

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